Union back wages to be paid by Illinois

3:14 AM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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JOHN O'CONNOR
AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that Gov. Pat Quinn's administration will start paying overdue raises to unionized workers July 1 even though lawmakers didn't approve extra funding.

An email from the executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees obtained by the AP Wednesday says employees in six government agencies will see wages increase at least 7.25 percent with the new fiscal year.

But AFSCME (AFSK'-me) director Henry Bayer (BAYR') says there isn't enough money to cover all the raises - a total of $140 million. Agencies will pay raises out of existing revenue.

The Democratic governor lost a lawsuit over whether he owed negotiated raises from 2011 and 2012.

He asked the Legislature this spring for money to cover them but there was no action.

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